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Anime from Akira to Howl's Moving Castle,…

Anime from Akira to Howl's Moving Castle, Updated Edition: Experiencing…

by Susan J. Napier

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I read this knowing nothing about anime, other than the usual popular opinion that anime was weird. I was surprised. Not only was this book easy to easy to read for someone who knew so little, but it helped me understand why anime is a unique art form. From this book, I was able to start watching anime and have since become a strong fan. I highly recommend if you are interested in the academics behind this type of media or, like me, are interested in why this form of story-telling is popular. ( )
  empress8411 | Jan 20, 2014 |
Caveat: I haven't actually read the whole book, but I've read enough of it to write the kind of review I typically type up about books like this.

I'm going to be using this book as a text in a freshmen writing class I'm teaching. The class will use "cartoons as a reflection of society" as its focus, and for that purpose (a month on Japanese animation) this book is perfect. It's more accessible than other similar books I've read, but still challenging enough for college freshmen. I don't always agree with Napier's points, and sometimes she makes the error of assuming authorial intent, but that will give my students something to work with. ( )
  Jessica_Olin | Apr 1, 2013 |
A rather good scholarly review of popular and unpopular anime, including some coverage of hentai. There's a little bit of postmodern bullshit in there (e.g. the suggestion that Old Tokyo crater in Akira represents 'anal abjection' rather than, say, the atomic bombing of Japan), but on the whole it's insightful and well written. It's also pretty much unique at this point in time. Recommended. ( )
1 vote sbszine | Dec 19, 2008 |
This book was indispensable during the writing of my thesis on the Shinto themes in the corpus of Hayao Miyazaki's feature animations.

Not enough serious research has been done into the impacts of Japanese Animation - let alone its increasing popularity of anime in Western society and the potential repercussions and consequences of this. This book is a wonderful, coherent start, that is well-written, well-researched, and a worthy academic text for anyone interested in media studies and film analysis. ( )
  Ravenari | Oct 9, 2006 |
Arguably the first essential book on anime. To my mind it bears comparison with Charlie Gillett's "The sound of the City: The Rise of Rock and Roll". You may or may not agree with the author's thesis, it's just that that author was first one to pull it all together. Great stuff with lots to chew on. And a great cover, too!
  kencf0618 | Aug 26, 2006 |
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Description: xviii, 355 p., [16] p. of plates : col. ill. ; 22 cm.
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Presents a comprehensive description of Japanese animation designed for those who desire a better understanding of the genre and its cultural impact in both Japan and the U.S.

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